John Sullivan is an experienced litigator with jury trial experience, emphasizing the defense of lawyers and design professionals. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2005. While at Hastings, he served as an extern for the Hon. Paul Alvarado (Ret.), San Francisco Superior Court.

Since joining Long & Levit in 2005, Mr. Sullivan has focused his practice on the defense of professionals. He has successfully represented attorneys against claims arising out of underlying transactions and trials. These include cases resolved at the pleading stages, mediation and trial. He also handles attorney fee disputes.

Mr. Sullivan has also represented design professionals and contractors in a wide range of projects including single and multi-family residential projects, complex laboratory buildings and municipal works....More

John Sullivan is an experienced litigator with jury trial experience, emphasizing the defense of lawyers and design professionals. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2005. While at Hastings, he served as an extern for the Hon. Paul Alvarado (Ret.), San Francisco Superior Court.

Since joining Long & Levit in 2005, Mr. Sullivan has focused his practice on the defense of professionals. He has successfully represented attorneys against claims arising out of underlying transactions and trials. These include cases resolved at the pleading stages, mediation and trial. He also handles attorney fee disputes.

Mr. Sullivan has also represented design professionals and contractors in a wide range of projects including single and multi-family residential projects, complex laboratory buildings and municipal works. These cases have included complex construction delay and cost claims, alleged errors and omissions by designers and other professional and fee disputes.

Aside from representing professionals, Mr. Sullivan has experience handling personal injury and product liability cases as well as commercial and corporate disputes.
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Professional Profile

Academics, Admissions & Professional Recognition

Academics

  • Santa Clara University, B.S.C., Finance, 2002
  • University of California, Hastings College of Law, J.D., 2005

Admissions

  • Member of the California Bar
  • USDC: Northern District of California
  • USDC: Central District of California
  • USDC: Eastern District of California
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional Recognition 

  • “Northern California Rising Star” in Professional Liability, Super Lawyer Magazine, 2014

 

Professional & Civic Involvement

Professional Affiliations 

  • Edward J. McFetridge Inn of Court
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • San Francisco Bar Association Legal Malpractice Section
  • San Francisco Barristers Club Litigation Section
  • St. Thomas More Society

 

Publications
  • Co-Author of “Managing the Tri-Partite Relationship for the Young Professional,” ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability, Fall 2014 National Legal Malpractice Conference
  • Co-Author of “Preparing a Case for Trial: Recent Case Law for Attacking the Causation and Damage Elements of a Legal Malpractice Matter Destined for Trial, ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability, Fall 2014 National Legal Malpractice Conference
Presentations

Program Chair

  • “The Bad Consequences of an Investment Gone South, and How to Protect Yourself” presented at the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability, Fall 2014 National Legal Malpractice Conference
  • “Young Professionals Roundtable: Managing the Tri-Partite Relationship” presented at the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability, Fall, 2014 National Legal Malpractice Conference

Areas of Expertise

  • Professional Liability Defense (Attorneys)
  • Professional Liability Defense (Architects)
  • Commercial Litigation

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